tv Maryland State of the State CSPAN February 13, 2020 5:11am-5:40am EST
festival of books next month on book tv on c-span2. monday, president's day, "washington journal is live at 9:00 a.m. eastern from mount vernon, the home library and museum of our first president, george washington, with an historian. ,t is the start of museum week highlighting washington, d.c. area museums with exhibits exploring the american story. be sure to watch museum week all next week and 9:00 a.m. eastern on "-- on "washington journal." maryland's governor larry hogan delivered his state of the union address in annapolis, discussing the plan to reduce gun violence death, improve infrastructure and eliminate barriers in education. marylandersy fellow , as we come together once again
for this honored tradition, it is my distinct privilege to be the first maryland governor to begin a state of the state address by saying, madams speaker -- by saying madams speaker -- [cheers and applause] mr. hogan: mr. president. [laughter] members --: mr. hogan: members of the general assembly and distinguished guests, it speaks to the greatness and diversity of our state and to the progress we have made together that a
young lawyer from baltimore city , an african-american leader from baltimore county, and a republican businessman from prince georges are all here before this general assembly, having been chosen to lead our great state at the dawn of this new decade. this is possible because of those who came before us. selfless leaders, like george washington, who resigned as commander of the continental forces just a few steps down the hall in our old senate chamber. frances got keys, who in the future of the fledgling nation was endowed, said the words that continue to inspire us today, and trailblazers like harriet ,ubman and frederick douglass statues of whom will be dedicating in our house chamber
next week. [applause] mr. hogan: leaders who displayed such courage and sacrifice in the name of freedom. we have been fortunate to follow the example of influential leaders in our lifetime, too. last year, we lost speaker mike bush, who dedicated the greater part of his life and service to our state, and who left maryland a better place than he found it.
[applause] mr. hogan: and thomas v.
mike-miller, jr., after services senate president longer than anyone in american history, is now beginning his 50th year of public service as senate president emeritus. [applause] mr. hogan: during his recent battles, mike miller has shown us all the true meaning of courage and determination. as we gather here once again in this historic place to take the first steps of this new decade, we do so with optimism and confidence
in our collective ability to continue changing
maryland for the better. sadly, the country that we all love is increasingly divided by toxic politics. but here in maryland, we have spent the past five years working together to tackle our common problems by accepting our shared responsibility to solve them. during my first inaugural address, i said that the politics that have divided our donation need not divide our state. and i asked all marylanders to seek that middle ground where we could all stand together. and while washington seems to be more bitterly divided never, here in maryland, we have faced our challenges with civility and moderation. we have continued to put the peoples' priorities ahead of
partisan politics, and we work together to achieve real, bipartisan, common sense solutions that work for the people that we serve. as a result, i am pleased to report that the state of our state has never been stronger. [applause] mr. hogan: the people of theirnd, regardless of party affiliations, are overwhelmingly pleased with the job that we have been doing. been ad has indeed shining example for them rest of america, and as we embrace the
promise of this new decade, we have a renewed opportunity to meet the challenges that lie ahead by continuing on that path, and by being accountable to the people who sent us here. pledged to put i more people to work, to grow the private sector, and to turn maryland's economy around, and we have done exactly what we said we were going to do. more businesses are now open and more people are working and never before in the history of our state. we ushered in the largest decline of unemployment ever recorded and had one of the greatest economic turnaround in america. of ourre is one part economy, which i cannot fix without your help. nearly every day, i hear from folks who say, i love the state
of maryland and i was fit my whole life here. and i don't want to leave my kids and my grandkids, but i just cannot afford to stay here on a fixed income. we are losing many of our best citizens, people who have contributed so much and still have so much more to offer, are moving to other states for one reason. and that is our state's skyhigh retirement taxes. they tell me that maryland's retirement taxes are simply too high and that they are moving to delaware, or florida, the carolinas, or any other state where they don't take so much out of their retirement checks. so, we propose the retirement tax reduction act of 2020, which will provide more than $1 billion in tax relief over five years. under this plan, retirees making are often less, who
forced to make tough choices every just to make ends meet, will pain no state income tax -- will pay no state income tax whatsoever. [applause] mr. hogan: and all retirees, who are earning less than 100,000 dollars will see a tax reduction of no less than 50% and up to 100%. [applause] this is the largest tax reduction in maryland in more than two decades. it will provide tax relief are more than 230,000 marylanders and it will keep tens of thousands of maryland retirees from fleeing our state. [applause] we have some of the
best and most highly-funded schools in america, and we have provided record funding six years in a row, committing billion to k-12 education. when isaid the casino -- set the casino lockbox initiative, which will require an additional $4.4 billion into our local schools for critical things like increasing teachers foster feet salary, extended economic programming for at risk students and innovative career technology programs, and we invested $350 million more in fully fundbudget to the kirwan commission without raising taxes. [applause] mr. hogan: more than 75% of our
entire capital budget goes to education. no governor in the history of this state has ever invested more in education, and you can help us build on that historic investment by passing our building opportunity act of 2020 that will provide a record $3.9 billion in funding, the largest investment ever in school construction, which will enable us to fulfill every, single request from every, single jurisdiction in the state for new school construction, and for upgrades and repairs to aging schools. [applause] mr. hogan: i stand here today, ready and willing to continue working alongside you, to ensure that every, single child in our state has access to a great
education, regardless of what neighborhood they happen to grow up in. but instead of continuing to simply debate how much more we should spend, let's have productive discussions about how we can hold local school systems accountable for the billions of state tax dollars we are already investing, and let's make sure that those dollars are getting into the classrooms where they belong. our bipartisan efforts should have one, simple gold, and that is achieving better results for maryland's children. [applause] mr. hogan: we have taken a balanced and inclusive budget to infrastructure, investing $14 billion in transit, the most ever, and beginning construction on the purple line, which is the largest transit project in north america.
and negotiated a solution for a shortfall in order to save the metro system. discussion, wef negotiated a deal to finally move forward on the howard street tunnel, which will break a major east coast rail transport bottleneck, allowing for doubles stacked trains -- wille stacked trains that create thousands and thousands of maryland jobs. [applause] mr. hogan: we have moved forward on nearly all of the highest priority transportation projects in every single jurisdiction all across our state. over 800 projects, totaling $9
billion in roads and bridges, are currently under construction. we advanced the transformative, regional interstate traffic relief plan, which will finally begin to address the second worst traffic congestion in america, and saw which has been men number one problem in the region for decades. and as chairman of the nation's governors, i'm leading a national initiative, focused on america's america -- crumbling infrastructure. pushed for landmark infrastructure that cemented our position as a national and international leader in combating greenhouse gas emissions, and implemented clean-air standards, which are stronger than 48 other states, and nearly twice as strong as the paris accord recommendations. [applause] comes to theen it chesapeake bay, we committed $6 billion, the most ever in
history to clean up the bay, and as chairman of the regional commission chesapeake council, i led the fight to protect and restore federal funding for the chesapeake day. and we are pushing for action to hold the commonwealth of pennsylvania and the epa accountable for the pollution coming down the susquehanna river over to the dam and into the bay. [applause] mr. hogan: maryland has made historic progress in bay restoration, but we cannot and should not have to go at it alone. i intend to keep pushing our upstream neighbors and federal partners to ensure that they are doing their fair share to protect this national treasure.
to ensure that public officials are worthy of the trust that the people have placed in them, we introduced the ethics accountability act to strengthen ethics cost if he lost. this is an important effort to restore the public's trash and -- public's trust and to bring further accountability to annapolis. we cannot allow the unethical behavior of a few to tarnish the goodwill of the many in our state capital. and while maryland is leading in weight intting -- is leadingexample -- the way in setting an example, there is one place where we are on the wrong side of history. our state has the unfortunate distinction of having the most gerrymandered districts in america. for five years in a row, we have introduced nonpartisan redistricting reform, and yet
year after year, this body has refused to even debate the legislation. we serve in the nation's oldest statehouse that once served as the first capital of the united states after the revolutionary war. american democracy literally began right here in this very place, and yet when it comes to free and fair elections, we are failing to live up to that proud legacy. this general assembly should not continue to ignore the overwhelming majority of our citizens. in this highly partisan time, -- partisan time in america, you have a chance to do the right thing, to strike a win for democracy indecency by finally, after five years, bringing the nonpartisan redistricting bill to the floor of this body for an up or down vote.
[applause] mr. hogan: now, every issue that every issue i have talked about consider the bills go are important and worthy of debate and discussion. but none of them are as important as addressing the out-of-control violent crime, the shootings and murders that are destroying baltimore city. boyctober, a two-year-old was riding in a car with his family on a saturday morning
when he was shot in the stomach. last month, a 73-year-old grandmother was shot and killed after being caught in gang crossfire near the apartment complex where she lived. 12 people were recently shot and five people were killed in just one night. one than 1000 people shot the streets of baltimore city last year. 348 people were killed. andher 60 people were shot 23 people have been killed just in 29 days since this legislative session again. concerned baltimore city resident recently set of the
violence, "i don't know if prayers help, but we need prayers." now, i am a big believer in the power of prayer. and yes, we do need prayer. but prayer is not enough. we also need you to take action to get the shooters off our streets. if you do not consider any other legislation, and if you accomplish nothing else in the violent ays, past the -- pass the violent offender firearm act of 2020. [applause]
this increases penalties for those who use guns to commit violent crimes, toughens penalties for those who possess stolen firearms and obliterated serial numbers and those who use , possess, or supply to criminals. act,the witness prevention which toughens penalties and the judicial transparency act, because the public has a right to know about the sentences judges are giving. we have been fighting to bring more transparency and accountability in the legislative and executive branch. reason why the judicial branch cannot be held accountable as well. are being shot every single day in baltimore city. this is an urgent crisis and we have an obligation to do
.omething about it right now there can be no more excuses, no more delays. it is time for baltimore to take back its streets and communities once and for all. they simply cannot do it without decisive action from this general assembly. visitntly had a chance to west baltimore, where a hall of fame boxer trains and mentors local kids. he is not just teaching them skills and discipline, but life skills and giving them hope.
hooks before"no books." i met as many kids who were there studying as boxing. day tois working every save the city he loves. he said, "if everybody had the same attitude i have of hope, that would be a change." we are honored to have marvin here with us tonight. thank you so much. [applause] marvin, thank you for making a difference. and marvin is absolutely right. if we could all start from a place of hope and optimism and
if we could all find the will and determination to come together to take on even the most daunting challenges, then we can bring about change in baltimore city and we will continue to change maryland for the better. gentlemen, our nation appears hopelessly and bitterly divided. just 30 miles down the road in seem toon, both parties be consumed with partisanship and dysfunction. back on all that we have been through and all the progress we have made together here in maryland over the last experiences fill me with hope.
that in spite of all that divides us in america today , there is far more that unites us. if america searches for healing , let them forward look to us. from the very founding of our nation, maryland has always been guided by our commitment to fairness, justice, and a conviction that no problem faces that hard work, honesty, and courage cannot solve if we work together. confidence in the inherent wisdom and good judgment of the people of maryland and our nation, i ask that you, my partners in this
legislature on both sides of the aisle, i ask you to continue forward with me on this path. let us continue to deliver real results for the people who put their trust in us. let us keep putting the people's priorities before partisan interests. let us keep changing maryland for the better in tin you setting an example for the rest of the nation. god bless the may great state of maryland and the united states of america. [applause] journal,'s washington live every day with news and policy issues that affect you. coming up, problem solvers
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